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Pennsylvania Picks IMT to Implement Microwave Video Platform

Platform will serve the state’s airborne emergency response systems and incident command and control stations.

Pennsylvania has awarded a contract to Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) for a statewide, long-range microwave video platform for the state’s airborne emergency response systems, as well as its incident command and control stations.

The $1.6 million contract between Pennsylvania’s Office of Administration and IMT, a Hackettstown, N.J. business unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, includes video downlink receiver equipment and installation services for six sites around the state, says Stephen Shpock, IMT’s president. The new long-range microwave video system integrates with the state aviation emergency preparedness systems and improves live emergency video information sharing among all state and local law enforcement agencies.

The new system incorporates real-time situational awareness videos captured by “airborne microwave downlink equipment” with the state’s intranet system. State agencies, including the State Police, can communicate instantaneous synchronized video feeds to the state capital and Pennsylvania’s governmental offices.

The platform aids the support of emergency management and homeland security operations in Pennsylvania and can be used to support a variety of situations, including large outdoor events, search and rescue missions, criminal and drug eradications and traffic patrol inspections, Shpock said.